|The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick|
Priests care for us when we are physically ill. They do this through the Sacrament known as the Anointing of the Sick. The Bible instructs us, "Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray...Is any one among you sick? He should summon the presbyters [priests] of the Church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven" (James 5: 14-15).
Anointing of the Sick not only helps us endure illness, but it cleanses our souls and helps us prepare to meet God.
At St. Thomas the Apostle Church, on the first Saturday of every month during the 7:30 am Mass, the priest will offer Anointing of the Sick. If you or someone you know needs anointing before that monthly Mass or or at any other time, please call 815-455-5400.
When God does call a loved one home, please call the Parish Office for information regarding funeral arrangements, at 815-455-5400, ext. 400. A funeral luncheon for parishioners can also be arranged. A nominal fee is charged for the luncheon.*This text was taken from "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" by Catholic Answers. More information about Anointing of the Sick can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1499-1532) or at www.catholic.com